Under the leadership of Sen. Bukar Abba Ibrahim and Hon. Samuel Onuigbo the Chapter will focus on advancing the Green Economy in Nigeria in response to the crisis of an economic model based on fossil fuel exporting.
The Founder and President of GLOBE Nigeria, His Excellency, Senator (Dr.) Abubakar Bukola Saraki today reconvened GLOBE Nigeria in the 8th National Assembly of Nigeria. He was also awarded a Green Economy Award by the Sustainable Energy Practitioners Nigeria in partnership with the Green Economic Initiative for establishing the Nigerian chapter of GLOBE as well as initiating legislative work in the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative, Forest and Climate Change initiatives.
Speaking at the event in the Nigerian capital, Senator Saraki said he was delighted to foreword a book written by Dr. Magnus Onuoha on Green Growth Development Pathway for Nigeria because it offers an alternative solution in view of the prevailing economic recession in Nigeria. He said it has become imperative that Nigeria think out of the box and transit towards a green growth development pathway because oil cannot sustain us anymore. Saraki said the recent slump in global crude oil demand and signing of the Paris COP21 Agreement by Nigeria calls for Legislators to come together and assist the Federal Government in her economic diversification effort.
Senator Saraki charged new members of GLOBE Nigeria in the 8th National Assembly to work in cooperation with GLOBE international towards an empirical trajectory of legislative action to create sustainable and alternative sources of energy, while helping to diversify the Nigerian economy.
Senator Saraki further nominated the duo of Sen. Bukar Abba Ibrahim and Hon. Samuel Onuigbo to serve as the new President and Vice President after which GLOBE Nigeria was reconvened in the 8th National Assembly as an affiliate of GLOBE International. The two new GLOBE Nigeria Executives pledged to work together and follow the directions already set by the outgoing GLOBE Nigeria President. They commended the institutional initiatives of GLOBE as far reaching responses to the most pressing international challenges of our time; and pledged to place premium attention on such issues as pollution, erosion control, natural capital accounting, biodiversity, energy efficiency, de-forestation, desertification, flood control and climate change in Nigeria.
Speaking on the sidelines, GLOBE Nigeria coordinator, Innocent Onah promised to continue facilitate the development and advancement of legislation in support of sustainable development as well as support the incorporation of natural capital into government decision-making. He congratulated the new GLOBE Nigeria executives and promised to support their tenure to be successful through the development of a GLOBE Nigeria Strategy 2016 - 2019.